Family Coaching Specialty Training

This two day Family Coaching Specialty Training program is designed for Recovery Coaches who want to learn more about the role that Recovery Coaches play in supporting family members of loved ones with substance use disorder. The Coaches will leave this training with a Speciality Coaching credential akin to our Recovery Coaches in the Emergency Department program. 

Principles of Family Coaching

Motivational Interviewing

We meet people where they are at. Through Motivational Interviewing, Recovery Coaches offer deep listening and support to family members of those struggling with substance use disorder.

Resource Provision

Recovery Coaches are experts at providing resources to family members seeking support.

Power of Peers

Recovery Coaches bring a special type of empathy to family members.

Family Coaching Guest Trainers

Invitation to Change Approach with Ken Carpenter from CMC:Foundation for Change

This evidence-based strategy developed by CMC:Foundation for Change, combines the following to provide skills to help family members:

+ Motivational Interviewing

+ Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), which teaches families effective strategies for helping their loved one to change and for feeling better themselves. CRAFT works to affect the loved one’s behavior by changing the way the family interacts with them. 

To learn more about the CMC:Foundation for Change’s work, and co-founders and authors Jeff Foote PhD and Carrie Wilkens PhD and their book, Beyond Addiction, click here.

Dr. Carpenter is the Director of Training at CMC:Foundation for Change. He is a clinical psychologist and research scientist who has received federal and private foundation grant money for investigating the psychological, behavioral, and neurobiological factors associated with addictive behaviors and their treatment. He has over over 20 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based motivational and cognitive-behavioral strategies for facilitating important lifestyle changes and has held academic and research scientist positions at NY based Universities and state agencies. Dr. Carpenter has authored or co-authored over 70 journal articles and chapters on these topics including the The 20 Minute Guide, a workbook for people who have a loved one struggling with substance use. 

Addiction Recovery: A family’s Journey with Diana Clark

Diana Clark, JD, MA is the Chief of Clinical Operations for O’Connor Professional Group.  She is a renowned family recovery advocate in the field of addiction and mental health treatment. She has developed and facilitated numerous workshops for family members and professionals and also authored a coordinating book “Addiction Recovery: A Family’s Journey” specifically designed for family members of those struggling with substance use disorders and mental health concerns. With a master’s degree in Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in 1997, Ms. Clark has been employed as a therapist, interventionist and consultant aiding families during times of turmoil. As both a specialist in family systems and parenting she is a recognized force of clear speech, logic and loving acceptance, and has helped thousands of family members establish healthy boundaries, manage expectations appropriately, and develop plans for their families. Prior to her work in the mental health field, Diana was a practicing labor and employment attorney advising employers about the need for clear, compassionate, and enforceable policies and the best method of implementation. 


Participant Testimonials

"Another high level training with super qualified speakers and invaluable applicable information."

Recovery Coach

"Amazing training that gives me the tools to go out and do this tough work. Excellently prepared and delivered top notch."
Gary De Carolis
Former Executive Director of the Turning Point of Chittenden County
"Amazing training filled with a multitude of information. I have learned so much about how to be of maximum service to those we serve."
Recovery Coach

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the pre-requisites?

 In order to take the training you must have:

+ Completed the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy training

+ Currently working or volunteering in the field of recovery 

+ Permission from your supervisor 

+ One year minimum of continuous sobriety (if applicable)

+ A valid email address and basic computer skills


What are the requirements?

This training will take place daily from 9 – 4pm on Zoom. For the duration of the training, you will need to be present. A strong WiFi signal, computer or tablet with a working video camera and audio microphone are required in order to participate. 

What is the cost?

This training is free for Vermonters working in recovery supports, supervisor’s approval required. The cost for those out of state is $400. 

Upcoming Training Dates

Thank you for your interest. Check back for future dates soon!


Recovery Vermont
A program of VAMHAR
100 State Street, Suite 352

Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-6263